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12 Apr 2017

Photography for Hall Morrice

The Hall Morrice partners with clients on location.

The shots are for a new website and the message (story) is that Hall Morrice work closely with their clients, and understand their businesses. Here we can see Des Petrie visiting Neil McDonald of Eblast, and Laura Cummings of FIS. Bob Bain is being shown a 3D printer by Andy Dare of Andrews Hyrographics Ltd. Shonagh Fraser is with Graeme Paterson, Chief Executive of Transition Extreme, and Derek Mair is with Gerald Smith at Drumsleed Farm in Laurencekirk.

10 Apr 2017

Studio shots for Tain Silver

Unlike a jewellery shoot for SilverStory, Tain Silver, a repeat client, wanted a black background, as we had used previously. Our studio is tiled in black gloss tiles and we used a spare floor tile which added a little interest with the reflection.

Gordon from Tain Silver wanted the shots to match what was taken previously as he was very pleased with these and used them on his re-vamped website  – see above and his comments from the first shoot, and from last week.

“We have been getting lots of very positive comments about the photographs on our website, especially regarding how clearly you can see the products so thanks very much for those ! I’m not sure if you have had a chance to look at the site yet: www.tainsilver.com. Each product has a magnify function and you can click on the image to enlarge it as well so you really get to see the images properly.
Kind regards
Carrie, Tain Silver”

“Good morning Neil,
Thank you for sending the shots I am delighted with these so please send me the link to download .
….
Kind regards, Gordon Tain Silver

17 Mar 2017

Silver Fin – photography for t.i. tiles international ltd

Last week, I was asked to take some photographs of the new Silver Fin building on Union Street for t.i. tiles international ltd.

It is a very impressive building of 132,611 sq ft arranged over nine occupied floors with a feature reception hall with four storey atrium.

I did some work for t.i. tiles in 2015 including photographs of the GDF Suez building on North Esplanade West (now Engie) and Prime Four at Kingswells.

Apart from this shoot at Silver Fin, they have several other project for me to photograph which is good news.

The site is still very much in progress so careful viewpoints and cropping were required.

Fortunately they were very pleased with the shots – as per the email below:

“They are fantastic Neil !
Thank you ! “

Jordan Harwood, Company Director

Technical info: Nikon D5 with 24-70mm f2.8E AF-S ED VR, 14-24mm, and 24mm f3.5D ED PC-E Nikon lenses.

12 Mar 2017

Gala Bingo, King Street, Aberdeen

Last week, I was photographing Gala Bingo on King Street.

The building was originally Kingsway Cinema. After James Donald died in 1934, the four brothers continued the business and land was acquired for a large cinema at the corner of King Street and Frederick Street, the latter providing a separate entrance for the cheaper seats.

Notable for a spacious foyer, its Art Deco style and Holophane lighting system, the Kingsway Cinema opened on 1st March 1939 with Anne Shirley in “A Man to Remember”.

The Kingsway Cinema survived until February, 1963 and then became a bingo hall, the largest in northern Scotland. It remains so in 2017, under Gala Bingo Club’s and this has enabled the building to survive where others of such size have disappeared.

The photographs were for the manager, Fraser Calderwood, who is moving to another Gala Bingo closer to his home in Fife.

A lot of the features of the original cinema are still retained making it a nice interior to photograph.

The client responded within 10 minutes of receiving the images:

Hi Neil

I’ve paid the invoice, fantastic work. I’m so pleased with them. Thank you so much!

kind regards,
Fraser

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Technical info: The lighting was mainly available with 2 off camera flash units to light key features. Some of the shots were created using HDR (7 varying exposures combined in post processing). I used a Nikon D5 with a 14-24mm, and also a 24mm PCE lens (“PC” stands for perspective control and “E” stands for electronic diaphragm). The PC lens lets me raise the lens rather than tilt the camera which keeps parallel lines from converging – see example below:

 

9 Mar 2017

Apartment refurbishment photographs for Mac Architects

I am finally getting back to blogging and this is the first of many featuring some of the wide range of photography that we undertake for some amazing clients.

I regularly photograph projects for the award winning and very talented Mac Architects and last week, I photographed the first stage of a refurbishment of a flat in James Street, Aberdeen.

I loved the design and look:

  • the skimmed concrete floor
  • the floor to ceiling trainers display
  • the huge Frezoli lights
  • the shelving in the en-suite
  • the “industrial” lights in the wet room
  • the Control 4 tech

I am looking forward to seeing and photographing more of this project.

27 Mar 2015

14 Camperdown Road

I received a phone call from Deborah Peterson Milne asking for a quote for interior photography. Her property was due to go on the market and she was not happy with the photographs that had been taken. She accepted my quote and a time was arranged to meet at her property in Camperdown Road. Deborah sent me copies of the photographs that had already been taken and they were not too bad but Deborah did not think they conveyed the feeling of the property she had put so much effort into creating. Looking t them, I felt that there was too much flash and some of the camera positions were not ideal.

When I met Deborah, I found out that she had worked in the property rental business for Margaret Duffus Leasing so new a bit about property and marketing. Her apartment was very nice and had lots of interesting touches, and a nice ambience. The predominance of flash in the photographs was not conveying this so I concentrated on using manly available light with less flash. For some of the shots, I used HDR (High Dynamic Range) where I used 7 or 9 shots at different exposures and combined them in Photoshop to keep detail in the shadow and highlight areas without ruining the atmosphere of the room.

I do not know the difference in price but my fees will have been higher but high quality commercial images are an investment.Good photography will not sell a property on it’s own but can make a difference to how many people arrange a viewing, and as Deborah says in of her comments – it can “help get them through the door”

If you have a property anything to sell or promote, get in touch to discuss your requirements.

 

Testimonials

“Hi Neil – your photos are incredible. I’ll pick the ones out we need & let you know tomorrow morning if that’s ok?
Thanks again, Graham & I are delighted!”

“Good morning Neil,
Here are the photos that’d we’d like to use. Sorry it took me so long to chose; they seriously are all great!
Thanks again for all your help and confirming we weren’t crazy for not settling for the first set of photos that were taken.”

“Thanks for emailing me the photos last evening. Each one is incredible and we are very pleased.
I can’t wait to hear what our sales agent says on Monday. Sharp contrast from the photos she had arranged last Monday.
Thanks again and all the best!”

“Well your photos will definitely help get them through the door!!
Thanks a lot : )”

Deborah

25 Mar 2015

Glamour, Glitz and Bubbles in aid of RNLI, 21st March 2015

We photographed a great event on Saturday. It was arranged by the Wood family who tragically lost their son, Stuart in 2009. The family wanted to learn about the search parties and this started their involvement in fund raising for the RNLI. Below is the story in Audrey’s words:

“Six years ago on 1st April 2009 flight 85n came down just of the coast of Boddam, 16 lives were taken including our son Stuart. Many months later we wanted to know how the search parties were involved in the search for the helicopter and the 16 bodies. We went to meet Fraserburgh RNLI and could not get over the emotions and the sincerity of these men. They told us of how upset that they were having to return back to shore as it became too dark for them to carry on searching, and how they left again on first light to begin searching again for our loved ones. The compassion and the comradeship touched us and even more so when we realised that they were all unpaid volunteers.

We decided to raise funds the first effort was a football match in Newmachar against Buckie Thistle. Then Kerry and I decided on a more female event, and in 2013 we held our first glamour, glitz and bubbles event at the Douglas hotel. The response for our events have been amazing, and with sponsorship from companies we have managed to take our small plans to a higher level. The support with raffle donations and auction items have been overwhelming and both Kerry and I have undertaken all the work without a committee. However without the loyal support of our family and friends we couldn’t have done it all. Until yesterday we had raised over £80,000 and the money has went  primarily to Fraserburgh and Peterhead, as they were involved in the search.Recently we have managed to include Aberdeen, Buckie and Macduff. Yesterday’s (Saturday 21st March, 2015) event raised another £19,000 and a late sponsor from Aberness Care kindly offered to top it to £20,000.

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15 Dec 2013

Maggies Cancer Care centre

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I have been involved in photographing the Maggies Cancer Centre since the work started and have taken progress photographs at all the stages. 

It was therefore very satisfying to be commisioned by Snøhetta, the Norwegian architects to take photographs of the interior which is stunning. The images have been used in a Norwegian magazine (see below). I have still more photographs to take as there were still small items to be fitted, and there was work being done in the kitchen when I was there. I am hoping to get these taken this week,and there will be another blogpost featuring more of the images.

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21 Oct 2013

Great feedback from our clients

One of the most gratifying aspects of my job as a photographer and as a manager of a small team is the great feedback we get from our clients. I am always so grateful that clients take the time to email or write to me expressing how pleased they are.

We have a large list of these testimonials in the wedding section of the website and we will be adding the same for the portrait and commercial photography. 

Below are a few testimonials from client's, all received last week. 

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Just a quick email to say we love the photos from our shoot and the prints that we bought are lovely.
We bought the Groupon voucher as family were over from Australia and we are never all together at the same time.
Dave was great and really put everyone at ease.
Thanks again, We'll recommend you to friends in the future.
Jennifer & The Young Family

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Morning Neil,
Firstly I just want to say thank you so much for photographing our wedding last weekend! You and Lucas did a fantastic job and so far I’ve had a great response from family and friends on the images! We’ve already gone through the photos and chosen favourites (found it really difficult to narrow it down…and have probably still selected too many!).
We’ve noticed that some of them you have already edited, and I’m amazed at how good a job you’d done on that too! particularly making the telegraph pole and white blocks disappear!

……
Kind Regards,
Kirsty
(married on 4th October at Norwood Hall)

1 Oct 2013

Our New Website

Although we still have a lot of work to do and it is far from complete, we are getting some great feedback on the new website. We are currently adding new galleries replacing the multimedia which will keep these as an option but all the sample galleries will emulate the front page gallery which with it's clean design and simple navigation is a very effective way to view sample images.

website-imacWhen developing the website, it was very important to us that it looked good on a desktop but also on all mobile devices. We previously experimented with having different version of the site for mobile devices but the new website scales beautifully for desktops, tablets, and smart phones, and looks great  on all devices.

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When the display is too narrow for the navigation bar, it swtiches to a drop down selection to choose any of the pages. The icons that are in a line on a wider screen line up vertically on an iPhone or any narrower display.

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There are some key features in the website design

  • The design is based on HTML5 and CSS3 with backwards compatibility when possible, and does not use any flash

  • Responsive design that scales to screen size and orientation

  • The website is built on "blocks" making it easy to introduce major changes easily

  • Ther are a large selection of different templates available within the website

  • It is very easy to edit existing pages or add new ones

  • There is some very impressive automation e.g. when a wedding is added, it automatically gets posted to the News section, the Browse and Buy front page, and the annual listing.

  • The contact forms are built on a "back end system" which records every enquiry in a database

  • It has automatic optimisation for SEO

There is going to be lots of content added – pages for all popular wedding venues, pages for each of our wide range of products, and commercial case studies

​We are getting much more involved in website development and have several projects in progress at the moment. If you have a requirement for a new website or want to re-vamp an existng one, I would be delighted to discuss your requirements and provide a quote.

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